Letters to the Editor

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Archives: Aug. 2012

Aug.
30th

BULLYING: What was the teacher thinking?

Re: “Parents say child bullied by teacher, classmates” (TNT, 8-29).

What was this teacher thinking? Apparently he even “performed” for his students’ cell phones himself.

How in the world did the Peninsula School District administrators feel that a simple 10-day suspension was “punishment”? Was this reported to Child Protective Services?

This man should have some sort of permanent record, which would ban him forever from having any contact whatsoever with children. Any school administrators or employees who did not report this should be relieved of their positions. They are entrusted with our most precious possessions: our children and our

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Aug.
30th

BIN LADEN: Manner of death doesn’t matter

Re: “SEAL’s book differs from official account” (TNT, 8-30).

After all the Americans Osama bin Laden killed, or had killed, how can the manner of his demise matter to us? Why should he simply have been detained? He waged war on us, and in war people are shot – on purpose.

The controversy escapes me. I suppose it is important only to the media that wish to create news and certain Republicans who wish to denounce the Obama administration for whatever they can find, real or imagined.

Aug.
30th

GOP: Platform is a crime against the living

The 2012 Republican platform includes language regarding statutory rape: “We seek to protect young girls from exploitation through a parental consent requirement.” The policy is to ensure that underage girls cannot receive birth control, get prenatal care or end a pregnancy without the permission of a parent.

The reality is that the relationships in dysfunctional families provide little or no protection for abused children. These are horrible situations, and young persons cannot safely find counsel within the family if they are being abused within the home.

Conservative Republicans refuse to acknowledge the terrifying reality that women and girls get pregnant

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Aug.
30th

ELECTION: Romney-Ryan would scrap safety net

As if the negative political ads aren’t enough, now a county judge in Lubbock, Texas, predicts possible civil war if President Obama is re-elected.
His name is Tom Head, an extreme conservative of the GOP machine.

These remarks hit me rather odd, because that is exactly what I was thinking if Mitt Romney becomes president and Paul Ryan vice-president. The protesters would win a civil war because there are a lot more angry 99ers than the greedy 1 percent group of multimillionaires and billionaires.

The poor and middle class will not stand silent. That is because a Romney-Ryan ticket

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Aug.
30th

EDUCATION: No, all don’t have equal opportunity

Re: “Poverty, not bad teachers, is what plagues our schools” (TNT, 8-30).

When I read this article, I thought I’d fall off my chair in surprise. Finally, somebody gets it.

Republicans who generally are well-to-do have no concept of how the political system guarantees failure of the poor as they do not experience the same things. The rich and middle-class understanding only comes from their life experiences, which have little or no parallel and are not qualified to solve the problem.

If you think we all have the same opportunities, it’s time you get your head out of the

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Aug.
29th

ABORTION: No need for a rape ‘exception’

Michael Smerconish urges Mitt Romney to challenge the Republican Party’s rigid plank on abortion and insist that there should be an exception for rape (TNT, 8-29). Romney needs an “exception” because he doesn’t challenge the platform’s philosophical underpinning – that “life begins at conception.”

In my view, that core principle needs to be challenged. Women should have broad control over early term abortion without exception because the creation of man cannot be reduced to a mere biological event. The majesty and mystery of human life is trivialized when we equate man with a single call – the equivalent of

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Aug.
29th

BULLYING: Teacher should have been fired

Re: “Parents say child bullied by teacher, classmates” (TNT, 8-29).

The incident at Kopachuck Middle School further emphasizes the breakdown of our educational system.

A video of the teacher allowing, and even participating, in the bullying of  student is an outrageous example. Then to further add to the outrage, the school district handed down a measly 10-day suspension and allowed the offending teacher to work at another school. At the very least, the teacher should have been fired, and the principal and superintendent severely reprimanded.

Everyone involved, from the teacher to the superintendent, are being paid by the taxpayers

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Aug.
29th

BULLYING: Practice accepted in many schools

Re: “Parents say child bullied by teacher, classmates” (TNT, 8-29).

The response by Peninsula School District in the Kopachuck Middle School bullying incident is very typical.

By definition, bullying is the intimidation, harassment, hounding or oppression of a weaker person – the process of intimidating or mistreating somebody weaker or in a more vulnerable situation. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Office is investigating why this incident was not reported to it and Child Protective Services. However, this legal issue typically is not included in the mandatory reporting regulations.

Bullying is not taken seriously, as a societal problem, which is why

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